About Us

The DigitalGlobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2007 with the belief that we have a opportunity to share DigitalGlobe's unique technology and resources to help train others to map, monitor, and measure the Earth. We focus on fostering the growth of the next generation of geospatial leaders by providing satellite imagery to students and faculty to advance research in geographic information systems and technology.


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Board of Directors

Kumar Navulur
Interim President, DigitalGlobe Foundation

Dr. Navulur has over 25 years experience in geospatial industry. He received his PhD from Purdue university. He is part of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geospatial information Management (UNGGIM) which advises various international governments on the use of geospatial technologies for governance. He advised Norwegian mapping authority on use of satellite technologies for their 2025 Destination Mapping project. Also he is a recognized geospatial expert at World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other international organizations and governments. He is an invited speaker at various international events including Cambridge conference, world bank land and poverty conference, and others. He is an avid advocate of geospatial capacity building and he authored the book entitled "Multi-Spectral image analysis using object oriented paradigm'". He is an adjunct professor at Denver University and Colorado University where he advises graduate students on their PhD topics and dissertation. Dr. NAVULUR believes the power of location intelligence in understanding our planet and is a an advocate for the use of geospatial technologies to supporting sustainable use of our planet's finite resources and ensure a safer planet for generations to come.

Mark Brender
Strategic Communications and Business Development Consultant for the Geospatial Industry

Mark Brender is the former executive director of the DigitalGlobe Foundation, a position held since its establishment in March 2007 until December 2015. From January 2006 until October 2010, he served as the vice president of Communications for GeoEye, Inc. In January 2013 DigitalGlobe combined with GeoEye and Mr. Brender remained as a consultant until the end of 2015. Mr. Brender is currently an independent consultant in the geospatial industry helping with business development and strategic communications.

Prior to joining GeoEye in January 2006, he was the vice president of Communications and Washington Operations at Space Imaging. Space Imaging launched IKONOS, the world's first high-resolution Earth imaging satellite, in 1999.

Mr. Brender has more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, broadcast journalism, government relations, business and the military.

In 1998, prior to joining Space Imaging, Mr. Brender was a broadcast journalist for ABC News, spending 16 years at the network as an assignment editor, national security editorial producer and radio correspondent. Before his ABC career, he served in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer and is a retired Naval Reserve commander. As a naval officer, he also served as a White House Military Social Aide to the President of the United States.

Mr. Brender began writing and speaking about high-resolution commercial Earth observation as early as 1985 when he established the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) Remote Sensing Task Force. The task force helped clear the way for high-resolution imagery to move from the defense and intelligence sector to the commercial sector.

Mr. Brender has an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio and a Master's degree in Public Relations from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Virginia-based Thermopylae Science & Technology, as a Board member of the National Academy of Science's Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) and as a Board member of the Centre of Spatial Law and Policy. He resides with his wife, Sharon Brender, in Arlington, Virginia and Telluride, Colorado.

Nancy Colleton
President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Nancy Colleton is an internationally known and respected leader in environmental communication and information. As the president of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) she leads numerous initiatives that promote better understanding of the changing planet.

Ms. Colleton has worked vigorously with senior-level government and industry executives to increase the awareness, value and use of Earth observations and to emphasize the need for a comprehensive strategy to ensure that citizens, business, and government at all levels have the environmental intelligence needed for improved decision making. Through high-visibility meetings, networking, opinion pieces, government liaison, testimony and media appearances, Ms. Colleton has highlighted the need to leverage investment in Earth observations for a growing and diverse user community. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, LiveScience, The Huffington Post, Space News, and SAPIENS, among others. She has also been a guest expert on The Weather Channel.

In addition to serving as the deputy chair of the Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ms. Colleton leads the Alliance for Earth Observations and co-chairs the Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board.

Although she may be best known for communicating the importance of space-based satellites to monitor the Earth, Ms. Colleton also supports more down-to-Earth programs that engage children in doing science. She founded IGES’ Thacher Environmental Research Contest, which provides monetary awards annually to high school students illustrating the best use of space-based Earth observations for better understanding of the changing planet. She was also instrumental in the development of IGES’ environmental art and photography student contests. After more than 15 years supporting these education efforts, she is proud to say that IGES possesses a truly remarkable and beautiful collection of children’s environmental art.

Ms. Colleton holds a degree in communications. In addition to her involvement on the Digital Globe Foundation Board, Ms. Colleton’s affiliations include: Deputy Chair, CEC, IUCN; Co-Chair, EISWG, NOAA Science Advisory Board; Fellow, Council of Fellows, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS); Steering Committee Member, Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, American Meteorological Society (AMS); Participant, The Climate and Security Working Group; former Member, Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade, National Research Council; Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Apogeo Spatial; Member, International Program Committee, American Astronautical Society (AAS); and Member, International Activities Committee, American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA).

John F. Regni, Lt General, USAF (retired)

General Regni resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona and is involved in a variety of state and local civic non-profit, and public-private organizations. He formed The JFR Group, LLC, and is a strategic planning consultant. His consulting work includs: Director, Aerospace and Defense Initiative, Science Foundation Arizona, and in that capacity published for the Governor and the strategic plan for sustaining and elevating Arizona’s already robust economy in defense and national security matters; the Technical Advisor for Defense and National Security, Arizona Commerce Authority and in that capacity was the lead conceiving and developing the Arizona Test Range Complex for research and testing of unmanned aircraft systems. General Regni serves on the Board overseeing the Arizona Laboratories for Defense and Security Research. Additionally, the Governor of Arizona appointed him to the Southwest Defense Alliance, a six-state regional board involved with and supporting the military bases/posts and their vast test and training ranges in the region; General Regni serves as Chairman. General Regni also serves on the Marstel-Day Board of Advisors (a conservation, energy and environmental policy company). He served on the Board of Directors for Vantage Mobility International, an automobile company that converts certified Toyota, Honda and Chrysler vans into wheelchair accessible vans with specialized equipment, offering mobility for disabled veterans and people with spinal cord injuries.

General Regni served 40 years active duty Air Force—four as a cadet at the Air Force Academy and 36 years of commissioned service. His military assignments spanned Personnel, Training, Education and Command positions. His key headquarter staff assignments included Director, Manpower, Personnel and Support, US Pacific Command from 1991-94; Director of Personnel for the Air Mobility Command from 1994-96; Director of Personnel Plans 1996-98 and Director, Personnel Resources 1998-2000 at Headquarters, United States Air Force, the Pentagon. He served as Base Commander, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from 1990-91, commanded the Second Air Force from 2000-04, commanded the Air University from 2004-05, and culminated his distinguished career as Commander and Superintendent of his alma mater, the United States Air Force Academy from 2005 through 2009. He entered the U. S. Air Force Academy in 1969 days after graduation from Nashua High School, Nashua, N.H. He graduated from the Academy in June 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. He also earned his Master of Science in Systems Management from Saint Mary’s University.

Keith Masback
Chief Executive Officer , USGIF

Mr. Masback is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). As CEO, he is responsible for carrying out the Foundation’s mission of promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a GEOINT Community among government, industry, academic, professional organizations and individuals whose mission focus is the development and application of geospatial intelligence to address national security objectives.

Prior to joining USGIF, Mr. Masback spent a combined 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, and in the government civilian service, culminating as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He held a variety of positions at NGA primarily focused on strategic planning and programming. Most recently, he served as the Director, Source Operations Group where he was responsible for tasking the Nation’s overhead GEOINT collection assets. Prior to his service at NGA, he was a senior executive civilian on the Army Staff, responsible for planning the future of Army Intelligence and serving as the Army’s first Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Integration.

Mr. Masback began his professional career in the U.S. Army, serving as an Infantry officer in the Berlin Brigade and as a Military Intelligence officer at XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C., and on the Army Staff at the Pentagon.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gettysburg College. He completed the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the National Defense Intelligence College. He has also completed executive education at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University and the Elliott School, George Washington University.

Michele R. Weslander-Quaid
Co-Founder, President and CEO, Global Nexus Alliance

Michele is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Nexus Alliance, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, and the Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus LLC, an independent consulting company. Her career has been at the intersection of National Security, Domestic and Foreign Policy, and Technology. Michele is a gifted communicator and consults globally with both public and private sector, using her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation and operations.

Most recently, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist. Prior to joining Google in 2011, she served in both industry and government, collaborating with talented people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, from corporate boardrooms to combat zones. She started her career as an image scientist and systems engineer, where her innovative technology applications proved to be prescient solutions for operational needs, and she soon became the youngest chief engineer in the history of her company. Post-9/11/2001, Michele was recruited into public service to lead change, innovation and organizational transformation, and became one of the youngest people ever sworn in as a senior executive in the U.S. Government. As a government official, she led the cultural and technical integration of the national security community, establishing and serving in senior leadership positions to include Deputy Technical Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Intelligence Community Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Director of National Intelligence; Chief Technology Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office; and, the DNI’s senior representative to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence - Surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force leading information sharing and collaboration initiatives in support of global coalition stability operations. Michele’s leadership—both in industry and government—has had a lasting positive impact on the U.S. and its Allies, and her support of the troops both at home and abroad earned her the call sign “Warrior Goddess.”

Honors and awards Michele has received include:
National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation (2001)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Meritorious Civilian Service Medal (2005)
Seattle Pacific University Medallion Award (2014)
“DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” (FedScoop, 2014)
“Power 100” list of influencers (Washington Life, 2014)
“The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch” (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2014)

Michele earned a B.S. in Physics and Engineering Science with honors from Seattle Pacific University, and a M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Managers in Government, and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff CAPSTONE Fellow.

In addition to advising high-level leaders in both the public and private sectors, Michele serves on various commercial and nonprofit Board of Directors and Senior Advisory Boards. Her nonprofit roles include:
DigitalGlobe Foundation Board of Directors; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing; DHS Blue Ribbon Panel (cyber security); AFCEA Intelligence Committee; University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Visiting Committee; Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and National Flight Academy Board of Trustees; Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) Project Champion’s Board. She is active in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and leadership outreach for students in K-12 and at universities.

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, University of California at San Diego

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of digital exploration and crowdsourced remote sensing. As a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Explorer of the National Geographic Society, Dr. Lin has led numerous international initiatives to advance the way people participate in science, exploration, and discovery. His innovative approaches have translated broadly across both academics and industry.

As the creator and Principal Investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, a non-invasive technology based search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, Dr. Lin has led multiple high-tech expeditions deep into the most remote parts of the world, developing new methods for satellite, aerial and subsurface remote sensing in exploration. Empowered with an initial Digital Globe Foundation grant, his pioneering work on massive data analysis through crowdsourcing earned him 2011 USGIS Academic Achievement award, led to requested briefings from the head of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon, and resulted the formation of California based Tomnod Inc. where he led as co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors until its acquisition by Digitalglobe in 2013.

At UC San Diego he founded and directs multiple research programs including the National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program (a NSF funded program to develop innovative technologies in aerial, terrestrial, geophysical and underwater robotics for remote sensing and exploration), the Distributed Health Labs, the Exploration Lab and serves on the Executive Council of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He also oversees NSF funded research on the science of crowdsourcing and human/computer intelligence and has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters on the topic.

Lin's work has been featured in Newsweek (cover), The Washington Post, BBC, NPR, ABC news, TEDx, Wired Magazine, al Jazeera, and a 1-hour National Geographic documentary film “the Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan” that he narrated. He has received international recognitions ranging from National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s “Adventurer of the Year”, the Explorer's Club's Lowell Thomas Medal medal (presented by Rolex for advances in exploration), and most recently was named the youngest recipient of the Nevada Medal for advances in science.

Albert continues to advocate science education through public engagement, working within organizations including the National Geographic Speakers Bureau and the US State Department as well as programs such as the Google Science Fair and SciFest Africa to expand the scope of curiosity world wide. His work in public television media to advance the mission of conservation and exploration at National Geographic was recognized with the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy award in the category of best promotional announcement. Albert is an avid rock climber, surfer, mountaineer, photographer, sailor, and traveler. His Chinese name (Yu-Min) roughly translates to “Citizen of the Universe”.

Nancy S. Coleman
Sr. Director Corporate Communications, DigitalGlobe

Nancy S. Coleman serves as Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), the leading global provider of high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial solutions serving governments and commercial customers. Since joining DigitalGlobe in 2004 Ms. Coleman has helped the company drive awareness and advocacy for its innovative technology which plays a role in managing the most pressing global challenges and threats ranging from; national security to humanitarian crisis to disaster response and recovery.

Currently Ms. Coleman leads DigitalGlobe’s public relations and social media programs, corporate social responsibility strategy, and team member communications programs driving high rates of engagement. In addition, Ms. Coleman oversees the DigitalGlobe Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to developing the next generation of geospatial professionals, as corporate sponsor and board member.

Ms. Coleman is driven by DigitalGlobe’s corporate Purpose, “Seeing a Better World"™ which aligns all team members behind the principle that by giving their customers the power to see the Earth clearly and in new ways, they enable them to make the world a better place.

A 1993 graduate of the American University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Public Communications, Ms. Coleman has held corporate marketing and corporate communications positions at leading technology and information businesses including SGI and High Performance Technologies, Inc. (now part of Engility). Ms. Coleman has demonstrated success navigating internal and external communication challenges across global audiences with compelling; thought leadership, executive communications, communications and marketing campaigns, and directing demand generation programs to support revenue goals.